The World's Greatest Cup Holder Can Survive the World's Worst Drivers

When it comes to cup holders, most of us are just looking for a place to secure our drinks while we're driving. It turns out we should be asking more of them—a lot more. Maksim Ghyvoronsky has invented a better alternative, an aftermarket set of cup holders that tilt and roll along with the motion of your vehicle,… » 9/17/14 4:25pm Wednesday 4:25pm

The World's First Convertible Motor Home Is One Obscene Creation

If you roll your eyes when someone claims that inhabiting a massive luxury RV counts as "camping," you're not going to like this. As if showers, giant TVs, and microwaves weren't already overkill enough, a bunch of crazy German automakers have created what is possibly the world's first motorhome with a convertible roof » 9/17/14 10:14am Wednesday 10:14am

This Self-Weighing Suitcase Gives a Running Total While You Pack

Self-weighing suitcases aren't a new idea, in fact, they've been available in stores for years now. But in order to actually weight the contents of your luggage, you need to zip the suitcase up and then lift the whole thing by the handle. To make things a whole lot easier, the TUL suitcase gives a running total of its… » 9/15/14 2:09pm Monday 2:09pm

A Prosthetic Leg For Mountain Climbers, Inspired By Sure-Footed Goats

Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature's masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that's exactly… » 9/15/14 12:37pm Monday 12:37pm

You Can Apply This Better Band-Aid With Just One Hand

As useful as Band-Aids might be for a quick fix, they're rarely easy to apply to your arms or other areas inaccessible to both your hands. And even when both hands are free, the sticky ends of a Band-Aid often end up stuck together if you're not careful. To remedy this, designer Pei-Chih Deng has created the… » 9/12/14 1:51pm 9/12/14 1:51pm

A Tiny Humidifier in a Bottle Makes Hotel Rooms More Comfortable

If traveling to a different—and dryer—part of the world means you'll be waking up with dry sinuses and bloody noses every morning, a humidifier should be the first thing you pack. But not the giant machine in the corner of your bedroom, this tiny six-inch carry-on friendly plastic bottle from 11+ that's powered by USB. » 9/11/14 3:17pm 9/11/14 3:17pm

Placemat Plates That Suction to Tables Are Every Parent's Dream

The day a parent hands over the spoon to a toddler learning to feed themselves is the same day that meal cleanup becomes infinitely more involved. Overturned bowls and spills are inevitable, but possibly less frequent if this silicone placemat with a built-in segmented bowl succeeds in its Kickstarter campaign. » 9/10/14 4:18pm 9/10/14 4:18pm

This Compact Portable Charger Revives Your Phone With Four AA Batteries

A portable charger can bring your dead smartphone back to life if you forget to plug it in overnight, but what if you forget to charge the charger too? That's not an issue with the tiny Oivo since it splits in half to accommodate four readily-available AA batteries that have enough charge to completely bring an iPhone… » 9/09/14 6:45pm 9/09/14 6:45pm

A Ballistic Sleeping Bag That Promises Protection From a Tornado

They seem like a smart idea, but how many people do you really know with a safe room in their house? Probably none, because they're expensive, and that includes those living in areas where storms can generate deadly tornados. So a Missouri-based inventor has come up with a cheaper way to stay safe during a twister—an … » 9/09/14 6:02pm 9/09/14 6:02pm

An Impossibly Thin Heating Element Stops These Goggles From Fogging Up

There's nothing like a thin layer of condensation on your ski goggles to ruin a perfectly good run down a hill covered in tantalizingly fresh powder. But active people get warm and sweat, and science says that cold moist air condensing on your goggles is inevitable. Unless you've got a pair of these F-BOM goggles » 9/08/14 10:00am 9/08/14 10:00am

This Flat-Pack Water Bottle Can Squeeze Inside a Laptop Bag

A backpack's got plenty of pouches and pockets for storing a water bottle, but a sleek messenger bag? Good luck fitting a Nalgene in there without an unsightly bulge. You'll either need to go without and keep an eye out for drinking fountains, or toss a few dollars towards these Kickstarted flat-pack water bottles. » 8/29/14 3:00pm 8/29/14 3:00pm

Ivy-Covered Extension Cables Disguise Your Unsightly Tangled Power Cords

We live and die by the cord; the energy tethers are everywhere—powering our portable gadgets and stay-at-home decor—and they're pretty much always a tangled, unsightly mess. We need them, but they're ugly… Unless! Unless you could disguise the longuns in an artful sprawl of faux-ivy, like you lived in some kind of… » 8/28/14 1:51pm 8/28/14 1:51pm

This Cork Pot Holder Secretly Serves As a Ping Pong Net For After Dinner

Once you remove the placemats and centerpieces, your dining room table becomes the perfect stand-in for a ping-pong table. The only thing missing is a net, and that soon could also be just a quick transformation away if this convertible CorkNet pot holder is successful on Kickstarter. » 8/28/14 12:32pm 8/28/14 12:32pm

A Wooden Hammock Looks Incredibly Classy (and Maybe a Little Pinchy)

A stained wood Adirondack chair can class up any deck, and it turns out a stained wood hammock can do the same for a backyard. This impressive creation, called the Para Hammock, still features an intricate web of cords (in this case, strong nylon parachute cord)—but here they're used to support over 700 tiny tiles… » 8/26/14 5:42pm 8/26/14 5:42pm

Candles That Light Themselves Mean No Match-Hunting on Birthdays

Birthdays are as much about celebrating someone as they are a desperate attempt to find a book of matches or a working lighter to secretly get the candles on a birthday cake lit. But that mad hunt for fire could be a thing of the past if these self-lighting Match Candles ever become a reality. » 8/26/14 9:12am 8/26/14 9:12am

Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs Is a Damn Good Idea

A team of recent graduates from North Carolina State are developing a new kind of nail polish that changes color when it's exposed to date rape drugs. Just stirring a sketchy drink with a finger could let a woman know she's being targeted for assault. Although a little odd, it does sound like a pretty good idea. » 8/25/14 11:41am 8/25/14 11:41am

A Brilliant Device That Completely Reinvents Crutches

Modern crutches are still less than a century old, and dozens of designers have taken a stab at improving them. But while most attempts are variations on a familiar theme, one entry to James Dyson Foundation's annual Dyson Award proposes a solution that improves on even the best recent alternatives. » 8/20/14 12:35pm 8/20/14 12:35pm